If you are making the change to clean and nontoxic beauty don´t forget your mineral sunscreen: These sunscreens are made without hormone-disrupting chemicals, irritants, or allergens that chemical SPF formulas commonly contain which can harm you and the environment.
For years we have been led to believe that only chemical sunscreens could prevent aging and can help protect us against skin cancer. In the last few years we are starting to learn about their risks and the benefits of mineral protectants.
The main difference between these is the way they are formulated (both in a lab) and how they protect your skin from UV radiation.
1) Chemical Sunscreen (the ones we should avoid)
They are made of synthetic (organic) ingredients that work by creating a chemical reaction in which UV light is converted into heat, which then dissipates from the skin. The majority are made of chemicals like oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and avobenzone, many of which are endocrine disruptors, which mimic the hormones that our bodies create daily and can interfere with everything from our reproductive systems to our metabolism. In addition, all these chemicals are extremely bad for the environment.
2) Mineral or Physical Sunscreen
They contain the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide , which are mineral ingredients that sit on the surface of skin, reflecting the UV rays, both UVA and UVB, and preventing them from penetrating deep into the skin.
Hopefully by now that we have convinced you that mineral filters are better for you and the environment! Now we would like to talk about “nanoparticles”. Nanoparticles are incredibly tiny particles of a substance, in this case zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. When incorporated into sunscreen, they’ll leave an obvious opaque white film across the skin. Because they are so small, they can be absorbed by the skin and into the body. The impact of this is not yet conclusive and for this reason here at KŌNSE Beauty we opt for non-nano sunscreen with our Nuori and SeventyOne Percent Brands.
We want to share some tips so you can keep enjoying the summer whilst protecting your skin!
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KŌNSE Beauty Team.